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Light considers ranges would produce rain
Title : Light considers ranges would produce rain Light considers ranges would produce rain
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Creator : Light, William, 1786-1839
Source : A brief journal of the proceedings of William Light ..., p. 13
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : A. Macdougall
Date of creation : 1839
Format : Book
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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By 5 October, Light had still not definitely found Jones' harbour. However, with his years of experience in Mediterranean countries he believed the eastern side of Saint Vincent Gulf would be the best site for the major town. The prevailing south westerly winds and the closeness of the ranges behind the adjacent plain would mean that this region would never suffer the droughts experienced in eastern Australia, as rain would fall here. He decided to continue to the south looking for a large river described by an Aboriginal woman. The Rapid again rode out a storm at the safe anchorage in Holdfast Bay.

Light had been in the army in Spain during the Napoleonic Wars, serving in mapping, reconnaissance and liaison duties. He then spent a number of years on duty in parts of the United Kingdom, before resigning from the Army. Subsequent to this he spent more time in Spain, and then from 1824 to 1835 spent his time in Europe and the Mediterranean, where he cruised extensively in his yacht Gulnare. It was this period that gave him the experience of land contours, winds and other factors that would enable him to make his deductions about the climate on the east coast of Saint Vincent Gulf.
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Light, William, 1786-1839

Rapid (Ship)

Coverage year : 1836
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :
Light, William, William Light's brief journal and Australian diaries Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 1984
Johnson, Donald Leslie, The Adelaide city plan: fiction and fact Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 1986
Dutton, Geoffrey, Colonel William Light: founder of a city Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1991

Mayo, M. P. The life and letters of Col. William Light Adelaide: F.W. Preece & Sons, 1937
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